Twin Rivers Playwright in Residence Program is designed to inspire emerging artists and stimulate established artists from a variety of creative pursuits.

The Playwright in Residence Program supports a local artist as they develop, present, and evaluate new work and in return, the Playwright in Residence teaches and inspires other artists through workshops, guest speakers, and hands on learning.


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2018 playwright in residence: jill fischer

Jill has a BA in Theatre and Psychology and an MS in Experiential Education. She is a mom, wife, movie-lover, Mankato resident, and owner of Purple Porchlight, a video/theatre/creative company focusing on telling the stories of the community. She's been involved in theatre for more than 30 years with recent gigs including directing for the Minnesota Shorts Play Festival, serving as Interim General Manager of Merely Players Community Theatre, and, most recently, co-creating Boobilicious for the 2018 MN Fringe Festival with her co-founders of On the Verge Theatre, one of Mankato's newest theatre companies.

During her time as Playwright in Residence, Jill's focus will be on developing her one-woman or small ensemble show about finding herself at middle age, motherhood, and her relationship with her mother.

2018 programming

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Past Resident Playwrights


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.